Deepika Padukone, daughter of celebrated badminton player Prakash Padukone, is one of the most preferred models in India. Born in Mumbai and brought up in Bangalore, this trained Bharatanatyam dancer has always been attracted to the glamour world. Deepika started modelling as a child, doing TV and print campaigns for several brands but discontinued later to concentrate on studies. She was a state-level badminton player while in school. This svelte beauty has appeared in commercials like Liril, Close-up, Limca etc and has taken the glamour world by storm with her angelic visage, unguarded manner, naturally athletic body and disarming dimpled smile. She featured in Kingfisher Calender 2006, won the Society Young Achievers’ Award 2004 and Model of the Year Award 2005 at the Lakme India Fashion Week. The stunning 5′ 9″ girl made her showbiz debut with Himesh Reshammiya‘s music album ‘Aap Ka Suroor‘.
2. Amrita Rao
Sweet and dainty Amrita Rao, from a Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin family was always fascinated by acting. Her first modeling assignment was for Fairever fairness cream and within a couple of months, she became a model for many top brand companies and did nearly 35 ad films. Cadbury’s Perk and Bru coffee ads offered her a platform to step into the film industry. The pretty lass debuted in the film ‘Ab Ke Baras’ (2002), but shot into public notice with ‘Ishq Vishk Pyaar Vyaar’. ‘Mein Hoon Na’, ‘Deewar’ and ‘Masti’ are her other films. With her typical girl-next-door image, this graduate in Psychology stands on a different course, she feels that if not in films there are other fields to excel in.
3. Dia Mirza
Dia Mirza alias Diya Mirza, Miss Femina India-Asia Pacific 2000 from Hyderabad, made her debut with the film ‘Rehana Hai Tere Dil Mein’ (2001). Born to a German father and a Bengali mother, this light-eyed beauty is very talented and hardworking. While working as a marketing executive, at the age of 16, Dia had done an advertising campaign in Femina, and it helped her to participate in the Miss India competition and win the crown. Ever since Dia stepped into Bollywood, success has eluded her and most of the roles she got were character roles. This versatile personality with her beautiful smile and attractive eyes has yet to prove herself in the tinsel world.
4. Sunidhi Chauhan
Bollywood singing sensation, Sunidhi Chauhan had shown exceptional musical talent since childhood. She started her career at the tender age of four and was a part of ‘Little Wonders’ – a troupe for child prodigies run by renowned music directors Kalyanji- Anandji. Sunidhi got recognition through the television music show ‘Meri Aawaz Suno’ and was introduced as a playback singer with the movie ‘Shastra’ (1996), followed by a number of films. Her first big break came with the song ‘Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi’ in Ram Gopal Verma’s ‘Mast’ (1999) and since then there was no looking back for this gifted singer. Sunithi bagged the R D Burman award for the most promising newcomer at the 2001 Filmfare Awards. She tied the knot with the music video director/ producer Bobby Khan but got separated within a year. By the age of 22, this talented, down to earth lass have sung over 2,000 songs in 10 languages.
Model turned Actress, Natassha alias Anita Hasnandani started out as a television actress working in a number of successful Balaji Telefilms. She shot to limelight with serials like ‘Kabhi Sautan Kabhi Saheli’, ‘Kkavyanjali’ etc. This Mumbai based Sindhi girl soon got offers from Southern film-makers and did several Telugu films. Natassha’s Bollywood debut flick ‘ Kuchh To Hai’ (2003) didn’t do well at the box office, but she sizzled with the number ‘Ding dong’ and ‘Bindaas’ in ‘Krishna Cottage’ (2004). In 2005, she did ‘Silsilay’ and ‘Koi Aap Sa‘.
6. Shreya Saran
The south Indian actress Shriya Saran intruded into the hearts of millions of youth with her luring eyes and glamorous looks. She was born in Haridwar and brought up in Delhi. This talented Kathak dancer cum model did some music albums and ads which paved her way into film industry. Charming Shriya known for her beautiful smile debuted with the Telugu film ‘Ishtam’ (2001) and has paired with all the top heroes. She became equally popular in Tamil films and her first Bollywood film was ‘Thoda Tum Badlo Thoda Hum‘ (2004). This pretty girl who never dreamt of being in tinsel town, has created a niche for herself within a short span of time.
Kajol, one of the most successful actress of Bollywood, was born to actress Tanuja and producer Somu Mukherjee. Though she debuted with the flop film ‘Bekhudi’ (1992), Kajol got noticed with ‘Baazigar’ (1993) and shot to the top most position with the major hit ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge‘ (1995). The versatility of her acting can be seen from the various characters done by this natural actress. The movies which she did with Shahrukh Khan were all blockbuster hits. Charming Kajol won the heart of the audience with her simplicity, girl next door attitude and superb acting talent. She got married to actor Ajay Devgan in 1999 and has a daughter Nysa. Kajol is the brand ambassador of Whirlpool products along with her husband. After a break she has made a comeback with Kunal Kohli’s Fanaa (2006). Awards to her credits are Lux Zee Cine Award 1997 for Best Villian and Filmfare Best Actress Award 1998 for ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’.
8. Meera Jasmine
Meera Jasmin alias Jasmin Mary Joseph, one of the most talented actress of the Malayalam film industry debuted in the film ‘Soothradharan’ (2001). The chirpy actress with simple, but attractive looks and a huge amount of talent is an asset to the movie industry. Born in Thiruvalla, Meera has carved a name for herself in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu movies. Acting comes naturally to her and with her sweet, beautiful smile and sterling performance, she has assured a place in the hearts of south Indian cinema goers.
Sadha alias Sadaf Mohammed Syed debuted in the Telugu film ‘Jayam’ (2002) while she was doing her engineering at SNDT College, Mumbai. This trained Kathak dancer was introduced to Tamil films with the remake of ‘Jayam’. Sada received best newcomer Filmfare award 2002. She, a Pune based Bohra Muslim won the hearts of Telugu and Tamil audiences with her charming looks and glorious smile. The super success of the Tamil film ‘Anniyan’ (2005) has boosted up her career straight to the top.
Asin alias Asin Thottumkal, the talented actress cum model, is an upcoming heroine in the Tamil film industry. Before entering into films, she was a part-time model and businesswoman. This angelic charisma started modeling at the age of 14 and is trained in Bharatnatyam and folk dance. Though the Kerala-born Christian girl debuted in the Malayalam film ‘Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka’ (2001), she made it big in Tamil (Kollywood) and Telugu (Tollywood ) industries. She won the hearts of the Tamil audience with her captivating performance in the super hit movie ‘Gajini’ (2005).
11. Gayatri Joshi
Renowned model turned actress Gayatri Joshi, was one among the last five finalists in the Femina Miss India beauty pageant 1999. This graduate in Commerce started modelling while in college. Some of the modeling assignments of this sweet faced lass, who had featured in music videos of Jagjit Singh’s ‘Sagar Ki Kashti’ and Hansraj Hans ‘Jhanjaria’ includes Hyundai ad with Shahrukh Khan, LG, Godrej Coloursoft, Sunsilk Fruitamin, Philips etc. This down to earth, gorgeous beauty made her debut onto Bollywood with ‘Swades’ (2004). She was chosen as the best female debut 2005 by Zee Cine, Bollywood and Star Screen. Gayatri got married to Vikas Oberoi, a well-known entrepreneur on 27 August 2005.
12. Maduri Dixit
Madhuri, the pretty, charming actress cum graceful dancer in Hindi films is famous for her million dollar smile. Although she started her career as a model, she didn’t succeed in the field. She was introduced in the film ‘Abodh’ (1986), but it was ‘Tezaab’ (1988) that gave her a big break. With her acting skill and superb performance in various films Madhuri was renamed as female Amitabh Bachchan. The awards to her credit includes 5 Filmfare awards, 3 Screen Videocon Awards and Zee Lux Cine Award. She got married to Doctor Sri Ram Nene on October 17, 1999. The svelte dazzling beauty with prominent features became the heartthrob of millions with her hard work and professionalism.
13. Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai, the stunning beauty from Mangalore (Karnataka) in India, shot into fame when she was crowned the Miss World 1994. Her film career began in a Tamil Film ‘Iruvar’ in1997, but it was her stint in the Hindi film ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ that gave her a real break. This green-blue-eyed model turned film star achieved fame internationally by appearing in famous shows such as Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman as well as a number of Hollywood films. She is the first Indian actress to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival and the first Indian female to be immortalized in wax at the world famous Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in London. This gorgeous, highly photogenic star, has a perfect figure and beautiful eyes. It is her grace and confidence that have taken her to the top as a model, actress and a superstar in India and other Asian countries.
14. Sushmita Sen
Sushmita Sen, the first Indian to win the Miss Universe 1994 was born in Hyderabad. She stepped into the film industry from the world of fashion. The charming, gorgeous Sush with a fascinating smile has beautiful eyes and a tall, perfect figure. Though very talented, till now she didn’t get an opportunity to prove herself as a successful actress. This brilliant, down to earth personality has much more than a beautiful face. Sushmita enjoys writing prose and poetry and likes instrumental music. She is very fond of children and has adopted a baby girl whom she has named Renee. She won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress award in the year 2000. Sushmita was positioned at number 6 in the 2004 Filmfare top ten actress list.
15. Rani Mukherjee
The Bengali damsel Rani Mukherjee with her gifted acting talent is one among the most successful actresses in Bollywood. Though she was introduced through the movie ‘Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat’ (1996), Rani was noted in ‘Ghulam’, and her film ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ shot her onto overnight stardom. A cousin to Kajol and daughter of director Ram Mukherjee, Rani had made a name for herself in the industry through sheer hard work. She’s got something different and acting comes naturally to her as she proved herself in the classic ‘Black’. Rani’s simple looks, charm, innocent smile, twinkling eyes and natural beauty has won her a place in the hearts of the moviegoers. In a short span of time, she has worked with all the top actors and top class directors and production companies.
16. Preity Zinta
Charming and attractive Preity Zinta began her career as a model, television anchor and later as a commercial actress. Her dimpled smile and expressions in the Lyril ad, won her the hearts of millions and attracted the film fraternity. The gorgeous, bubbly Preity, born in Shimla, debuted in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Dil Se’ (1998) and made a mark in the industry with ‘Kya Kehna’. She takes a lot of care in choosing her roles and each of her characters are far different. Preity is very much talented and hard working and while acting she portrays a myriad of emotions on her face. Her screen presence, inherent style, twinkling eyes, dazzling smile and down to earth nature has made her the favorite actress of Bollywood.
17. Tara Sharma
Known model turned actress, Tara Sharma – the la-di-dah girl, is a graduate from London School of Economics. Born to Pratap Sharma, a well-known voiceover artiste in India and an English mother, Tara was always actively involved with theatre. This dazzling beauty entered the tinsel world of glamour through ad films, and has appeared in ads like Lakme, Pond’s, Pepsi, Fair and Lovely, Liril etc. The petite pretty girl with her luminescent eyes and perfect features caught the public’s gaze and soon became a model to reckon with. She debuted in films with a small role in ‘Om Jai Jagdish’ (2002). The success of Indra Kumars ‘Masti’ (2004) and Madhur Bhandrakars ‘Page 3’ (2005) has made her a prize commodity in Bollywood
The silver screen sensation, Bipasha Basu came into the limelight when she won the Famous Ford Supermodels Contest. Besides doing several commercial advertisements she did the famous video ‘Tu’ for Sonu Nigam’s album, Kismat. The five feet eight inches tall light-eyed Bengali dusky beauty is a new asset to Hindi Film World. The sexy symbol of Bollywood was bold enough to accept unusual roles. Her debut role in ‘Ajnabee’ has very much appreciated and ‘Raaz’ proved to be a boon for Bipasha. This dazzling, hot actress feels her eyes are her strong feature.
19. Koel Mullick
Charming Bengali actress Koel Mullick, daughter of Bengali actor Ranjit Mullick, debuted with the film Haranath Chakraborty’s ‘Nater Guru’ (2003). This petite girl created a sensation of sorts with her first film. Expressive, beautiful and blessed with a natural star appeal, Koel is an aspiring Odissi dancer. With in a short span of time this honey eyed beauty has became one of the most happening star in the Bengali film industry.
20. Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif, the model with a captivating look and voluptuous figure was born to a Kashmiri father and English mother. Brought up in London, she shifted to Mumbai to take acting as a full-fledged career. This stunning beauty debuted in the Hindi film ‘Boom’. Her gorgeous face and hourglass figure, have given her chances in numerous advertisements and music videos. Highly professional, Katrina is known in the industry as the beauty with brains.
Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000 made her debut in Bollywood films with ‘The Hero’. Born in Jamshedpur, the extremely beautiful, sensuous, hot model-cum-actress has achieved a lot in a short time. She is the only Indian in USA to have been selected at state level for the National opus Honour choir. Priyanka with large twinkling eyes and captivating smile, is a genuine, selfless, down to earth, warm and loving personality. She enjoys reading, singing, writing poetry and short stories. She has worked for several social welfare programmes. The strongest personality traits of this beauty is the courage of conviction and her power with words. A born fighter, the unique thing about Priyanka lies in her attitude and the way she carries herself. She has never compromised on her moral values.
Simran Naval, the Punjabi girl professionally known as Simran, debuted in the Hindi film ‘Tere Mere Sapne’. Before coming into the field, she was compering the popular show ‘Superhit Muqabala’. The svelte beauty later moved to the Tamil film industry and established herself as an actress of repute. Her willingness to act opposite anybody and expose, and the no-nonsense attitude to work had made her South India’s superb heroine. With some powerful roles, Simran proved that she is not just a glamour doll, but an actress with tremendous talent. The stunning beauty with sharp features, impish smile, and pleasing personality has swayed the hearts of lakhs of people.
23. Koena Mitra
Koena Mitra the dusky svelte beauty hailing from Calcutta was the winner of Gladrags Mega Model 2002 and a semi-finalist of Miss Intercontinental. Intending to become an actress, this sultry model featured in a few music videos and commercials like Clinic all clear, Maruti Alto etc. Koena is a trained Indian and Western dancer. Hot and sexy, this Bengali bombshell forayed into Bollywood with a scorching item number in Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Road’ (2002) and debuted as a heroine in the film ‘Musafir’ (2004).
24. Sameera Reddy
Hot and sizzling Sameera Reddy, who featured in Pankaj Udhas music video ‘Ahista’, started modelling as a gateway to the tinsel world. Youngest and the most pampered of the Reddy sisters, popular VJ’s Meghna and Sushma, she debuted with the film ‘Maine Dil Tujhko Diya’ (2002) and has come a long way from a simple actress to a sex symbol of Bollywood. Trained in Kathak, this tall dusky beauty shot to fame with her dare-bare roles in ‘Darna Mana Hai'(2003) and ‘Musafir’ (2004). The glamour girl was introduced to the southern film industry through the Telugu film ‘Narasimhudu’ opposite NTR Junior
Rekha, Bollywood’s crown and pride, and daughter of south Indian actors Gemini Ganeshan and Pushpavalli, began her acting career at the young age of 13. Her first film ‘Sawan Bhadon’ was released in 1970. The metamorphosis of this dark, plump and not so beautiful duckling to a golden mermaid drastically boosted her image in the tinsel world. She has an aura of glamour and mystery. The sexy looking damsel with heavy eye make-up and pouting lips made her mark in the early eighties with her superb performance in ‘Khubsoorat’. Crowned as the ‘Evergreen Timeless Beauty’, the dashing Rekha holds an empowering persona with versatility, humbleness, grace and faith. Even at the gracious 50, Rekha’s mystical beauty continues to enthrall the hearts of millions.
26. Urmila Mandotkar
Urmila Matondkar, a Maharashtrian girl from a middle class family stepped into filmdom as a child artist. She appeared in a number of films, the most popular being the award winning film ‘Masoom’ (1982). The beautiful girl with her impressive figure debuted as a heroine in the Malayalam movie ‘Chanakya’ (1989) and later with the Bollywood movie ‘Narsimha'(1991). After a few insignificant movies, it was her magnificent performance in Ram Gopal Verma’s ‘Rangeela’ (1995), that got her recognition as an actress. The film boosted up her career, and her sizzling and stunning looks in it made her the hottest girl on screen. She received Filmfare best supporting actress award 1999 for ‘Judaai’. This skillful actress has proved her immense talent then and again in films like Satya (1998), Pinjar (2003), ‘Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara’ (2005) etc.
27. Richa Pallod
Model turned actress, Richa Pallod, made her entry into the tinsel world with a minute role in the film ‘Pardes’ (1997). She started modeling at the age of 16, has featured for several ads films and appeared in Falguni Pathak’s music videos ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi’ and ‘Piya Se Mil Ke Aaye Nain’. The cute actress debuted with the Telugu flick ‘Nuvve Kavali’ (2000) which won rare reviews and bagged her Filmfare best actress award. Later she did several films in Tamil, Kannada and Hindi but failed to establish a career as a heroine and settled to character roles.
28. Rimii Sen
The Kolkata babe, Rimii Sen or Rimi Sen shifted to Mumbai to achieve her dream of becoming an actress. She plunged into showbiz with her Coke commercial with Aamir Khan. She became one of the most popular face in the small screen featuring in ads like Taj Mahal Tea, Parachute Enrich, Ariel, Videocon AC, Dettol etc. The gorgeous Bengali beauty got a break in Bollywood with her debut film ‘Hungama’ (2003). The success of ‘Dhoom’ (2004) paved a new path for this dusky girl and made her popular. Rimii is a brilliant Odissi dancer who has won a national scholarship for it. She dropped her last name ‘Sen’ as there was too many Sen’s in the industry.
29. Bhoomika Chawla
Lovely Bhoomika Chawla alias Rachana is born to an upright military family in Delhi. The limpid-eyed beauty later moved to Mumbai, and started her career with ad films and Hindi music video albums. Though she entered the tinsel world with the film ‘Yuvakudu’ (2000) in Telugu, Bhoomika shot into fame with the sensational success of ‘Kushi’, also in Telugu and even received the ‘Best Actress Award’ for the film. The gorgeous beauty, equally popular in Tamil, stepped into Bollywood with the big hit ‘Tere Naam’. With her natural beauty, graceful movements and warm smile she has carved a niche for herself in the hearts of cine goers.
30. Hema Malini
Hema Malini, the dream girl of the seventies, hailing from the South, started her career with ‘Sapno Ka Saudagar’ (1968). Initially she did a few trivial films, then her outstanding performance in ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’(1972) established her as the queen of the box-office. With her captivating beauty and tinkling laugh Hema, soon became the heartthrob of the masses in the late seventies and early eighties. An excellent Bharat Natyam dancer, wife to Dharmendra, one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, she eventually shifted from acting to direction to television to stage dance shows. In 2000, she was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ by the government of India. After a long break, she has recently made a comeback to films. Very ambitious, Hema has always lead her life her way, and this still gorgeous actress in her fifties is busy with politics, social work and of course films.
Lara Dutta, the model-turned-actress, was born in Ghaziabad. Before becoming Miss Universe 2000, she was a leading fashion and print model. She has appeared in several ads and debuted in the super hit movie Andaz (2003). The suave, smart and sexy actress is high spirited and very adventurous by nature. This trained Bharatnatyam dancer loves to spend time by reading autobiographies.
32. Minissha Lamba
Minissha Lamba, a known face in the modelling circuit, debuted with the film Yahaan (2005). The former face of Cadbury’s chocolate commercial was born in a Punjabi speaking Sikh family in New Delhi. A graduate from Miranda House, Minissha has trained under N.K Sharma’s Act One theatre group. The acting career of this petite actress seems to have taken off on a good start. This demure damsel has gained a lot of appreciation for her brilliant performance in her debut movie.
33. Mahima Chaudhary
Model turned actress, Mahima Chaudhary started modeling since her college days. Born as Ritu Chaudhary, this beauty from Darjeeling debuted with Subhash Ghai’s ‘Pardes’ (1997). Her performance won rave reviews and bagged awards like Lux face of the year, Lux Zee Cine Best Female Debutant and Filmfare Best Female Debutant for the year 1997. Before getting into films, this ramp model did a short stint as a VJ for Channel V and has appeared in various commercials including Pepsi ad along with Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai. Though Mahima won many hearts with her bubbly presence and beautiful smile, her film career did not have a very smooth sail. But her initial performances were appreciated in movies like ‘Daag-The Fire’, ‘Dil Kya Kare’ (1999)etc.
34. Amrita Arora
Amrita Arora started her career as a model and earned recognition through regular video jockeying on MTV. This hazel eyed beauty, sister of Malaika Arora, featured in ads like Ponds, Elle 18, Sunsilk Fruitamins etc and made her Bollywood debut with ‘Kitne Door Kitne Paas’ (2002). The petite actress with a delightful smile and sparkling eyes was noticed and has carved a name for herself within a short span. She is well known for her dare to bare sexy role in the controversial film ‘Girlfriend’ (2004).
35. Malaika Arora
Hot and dazzling Malaika Arora Khan, veejay turned model turned actress, is one of the best known sex symbols in the glamour world. A face of innumerable brands, the dusky beauty with her glossy lips, tempting pout and stunning figure shot to limelight through the MTV show ‘Loveline’. This ramp goddess, sister of Amrita Arora, always loves being in front of the camera and became a big hit in the small screen. Trained in Russian ballet, Jazz ballet and Bharat Natyam, Malaika, has done various item numbers and prominent among them is ‘Chaiya Chaiya’ sequence in the film Dil Se (1998) opposite Shahrukh Khan. She got married to Arbaaz Khan in February 1999 and has a son Arhaan.
36. Amisha Patel
Gorgeous Amisha with twinkling eyes, effervescent smile and long lavish hair started her film career with ‘Kaho Naa Pyar Hai’ (2000). Born in Mumbai, this trained Indian classical dancer after completing her schooling, left for the US to pursue biotech engineering. The brilliant girl won a gold-medal in Economics from the State University of Boston, worked for a finance company and did some modelling in between. Her brief modeling stint caught everyone’s eye and paved the way for her entry into films. Amisha gave a mind blowing performance in the film ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’. This talented actress is a strong, determined girl who believes in achieving her dreams and is very dedicated, sincere and hard working.
37. Preeti Jhangiani
Preeti Jhangiani aka Preeti Zingania, won the hearts of millions as the ‘Chui Mui Girl’ in Rajshri’s music video ‘Yeh Hai Prem’. It paved the way for her entry into Bollywood, with the film ‘Mohabbatein’ (2000). Before that, the petite girl acted in one or two South Indian films, Mazhavillu (1999) in Malayalam being her debut film. Preeti’s angelic visage, cute- charming face and childlike innocence make people take notice of her. Watching romantic movies, web browsing and listening to music are the hobbies of this model turned actress who featured in commercials like Nirma Sandal Soap, Dabur Vatika etc.
Meena, one of the popular South Indian actress, started her film career as a child artiste and has acted in more than 100 films in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. The dove-eyed beauty debuted as a heroine in the Tamil movie ‘Oru Pudiya Kadhai’ (1990) and shot to fame with ‘Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu’ (1991) in Telugu.This beautiful and talented actress who has paired with all the big heroes of South Indian films, became the favourite star of cinegoers with her classic looks, sparkling eyes and cheerful smile. Sincere, hard working and very down to earth, Meena established her abilities to catapult herself as a versatile actress. She has received many honours and awards and some of them includes Kalai Maamani award 1997 from Tamil Nadu Government, Two Nandi Best Actress Awards from Andhra Pradesh Government, Six Cinema Express Best Actress Awards etc.
39. Kareena Kapoor
The sensational hazel eyed Kareena aka Bebo started her film career with the film ‘Refugee’ (2000). Though the film didn’t do as well as expected, Kareena’s performance was critically acclaimed. Born to the prestigious Kapoor family, she is the grand daughter of the legendary actor Raj Kapoor and daughter of Randhir Kapoor and Babita. Kareena is an extrovert with versatile acting aptitude, ethereal looks and ravishing features. She has achieved a lot of fame within a short time and has become the heartthrob of millions. She confirmed her status as a talented actress with her outstanding performance in various films such as Asoka, Chameli, Dev etc. The suave beauty with drop-dead looks has a magnetic persona and an amazing screen presence.
40. Neha Dhupia
Neha Dhupia, Femina Miss India Universe 2002, hailing from a military background was always fascinated by the glamour field. She started her career at the age of 19, did a few plays, music videos and Tele serials and also featured in the lead role in an Indo-Japanese movie. Neha made a sensuous debut in Bollyood with the film ‘Qayamat’ (2003) and since then has become a big bombshell of Bollywood. She also did two Telugu movies. The popularity of this hot damsel augmented with her bold portrayal in the controversial film ‘Julie'(2004).
Riya Sen, grand daughter of legendary actress Suchitra Sen and daughter of Moon Moon Sen, made her Bollywood debut with the film ‘Style’ (2001). This Bengali beauty with almond eyes, first faced the camera at the tender age of 15 for the Tamil flick ‘Taj Mahal’. After that she did several advertisements and became a familiar face in the Indipop circuit. She has featured in music videos including Phalguni Pathak’s ‘Yaad piya ki’, Jagjit Singh- Asha Bhonsle’s ‘Jab samne tum’ and ‘Kahin kahin se’. Residing in Mumbai, this hot gorgeous girl is considered to be following her mothers foot steps.
42. Indrani Dasgupta
One of the top models in India, Indrani Dasgupta initially wanted to be a lawyer. But intrigued by the fashion world, she decided to become a model. The Bengali lass with her drop-dead gorgeous looks was born and brought up in Muscat. Indrani started modeling at the age of 18, and since has made it big with loads of print and television ads. The dusky beauty with her dimpled smile has numerous ramp shows to her credit and has featured in a couple of music videos. An economic graduate from Jawaharlal Nehru University, she was the winner of the Society Achiever’s Award for glamour in 2002. She is the brand ambassador of Lakme India.
43. Rajlaxmi Khanvilkar
Rajlaxmi Khanvilkar Roy, one of the most sought after models in the fashion world, started doing ramp shows while studying in college. This Marathi lass appeared in ad campaigns like Garden Vareli, Wega, Cadbury’s Chocolate etc, hosted shows on Channel [V] like ‘BPL Oye’ and did a few music videos. Her chiseled face and slim good looks caught everyone’s eye and Rajlaxmi took modeling as a full fledged career. At the age of 20, she married model Sameer Soni but got separated after 7 months. The gorgeous beauty sizzled on the big screen with an item number in the film ‘Asoka’ (2001). She is now happily married to Bollywood actor Rahul Roy (Aashiqui fame).
44. Anu Prabhakar
One of the most talented actress of Kannada films Anu Prabhakar, daughter of M.V. Prabhakar and dubbing artiste Gayathri Prabhakar, first appeared as a child artist in the film ‘Chapala Chennigaraya’. A born artiste, she has given several hit films including ‘Heudaya Hrudaya’ (1999) her debut as a heroine. This charming beauty has won many a hearts with her suave smile and brilliant acting. She has also tried her luck in two Tamil movies. Bangalore’s Kolada Math honoured Anu with the title ‘Abhinaya Saraswathi’ for her outstanding performance in various films and she has also won other awards such as ‘Kannada State Government best actress award 2000-01’, ‘Cinema Express best actress’ etc. Anu is married to Krishna Kumar, son of veteran South Indian actress Jayanthi.
45. Sonali Bendre
Marathi beauty Sonali started her career as a model. She was selected in a talent search by the Stardust magazine, made her debut in Bollywood with the film ‘Aag’ (1994) and has worked with almost all top stars. Though most of her films except ‘Diljale’ (1996) and ‘Sarfarosh’ (1999) were flops, she charmed movie goers with her fresh innocent look and sweet smile. She also acted in a few Telugu and Tamil films and anchored for television shows like ‘Kya masti kya dhoom’ and ‘Boogie-Woogie’. Awards to her credit include Star Screen Most Promising Female Award Newcomer 1994, Filmfare Lux New Face 1995, Star Screen Best Supporting Actress 2001 and Star Screen Award 2004 for best Marathi actress. Sonali married film maker Goldie Behl in 2001 and has a son, Ranvir. She took a break from films after her marriage and made a come back with the critically acclaimed Marathi movie ‘Anaahat’ (2003) directed by Amol Palekar. She is back into modelling, has debuted in Theater plays and was seen in a Marathi remix video ‘Cham Cham Kartai Hai’.
46. Mandira Bedi
Mandira Bedi started her career with Doordashan’s tele-serial ‘Shanti’ (1994) for which she received national acclaim. Born and brought up in Mumbai, Mandira with her glamour image shot to international fame with ‘Extraa Innings’ of World Cup Cricket 2003 on Sony Max. She stepped into films as a supporting actress with ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (1995). This beauty with her dazzling smile proved her talents and capabilities in both the small screen as well as the big one. Mandira acted as a psychiatrist in the Tamil film ‘Manmadan’ (2004) and as a busy media correspondent with no time for her family in ‘Divorce’ (2005). In real life, this well-known media personality is happily married to movie director Raj Kaushal.
47. Aarti Chabria
Aarti Chabria, Miss India Worldwide 2000, entered Bollywood debuting in ‘Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai’ (2002). This cute bubbly girl started doing ads at the tender age of three and has appeared in more than 120 commercials including Farex, Pepsodent, Clean and care face wash, Amul swastik ice cream, Krack cream, liril etc. She also appeared in a couple of music videos, and in a small role in Rajkumar Santoshi’s ‘Lajja’ (2001) which turned out to be the beginning of a new journey. She also got chances in Telugu and Kannada movies and the talented actress has stolen the hearts of cinegoers with her charming beauty.
48. Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan, the Tamilian Iyer girl from Palghat (Kerala), always wanted to be an actress. This elegant beauty started her career as a model and has appeared in more than 25 ad films like Surf Excel, Ponds, Bajaj etc. Before getting a big break in Bollywood with the film ‘Parineeta’ (2005), she has acted in a few music videos with Euphoria, Shubha Mudgal, Pankaj Udhas etc, TV serials and a Bengali movie ‘Bhalo Theko’ and even won the best actress award, Anand Lok Puraskar in Kolkata.
49. Shilpa Shetty
Model turned actress Shilpa Shetty, born to model parents Surendra Shetty and Sunanda Shetty, made her acting debut with the film ‘Gaata Rahe Mera Dil’. But the film got stalled and the tall lass from Tamil Nadu was offered a role in ‘Baazigar’ (1993). Though most of her films were flops, Shilpa achieved a hot spot in Bollywood with the song ‘Churake Dil Mera’ in ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ (1994). Shilpa has worked in a couple of films in Telugu, Kannada and Tamil. The sizzling starlet, mesmerized the audience with her devastating, unconventional looks, flexible dancing and stunning figure. Her performance in Revathy’s ‘Phir Milenge’ (2004) was every much appreciated and she received Giant International Award, Indo-Pak’s Young Achiever Award and AAHOA award for the same. She has also received Zee Gold Best Supporting Actress award 1998.
50. Yana Gupta
Yana Gupta, one of the sexy sirens of Bollywood, started modelling at the age of 16. Born as Yana Synkova in Czechoslovakia, the established model changed her name to Yana Gupta after her marriage to a Pune based artist Satya Gupta. Before settling in India, she built a reputation as a supermodel in Europe and Japan, worked in Milan, Paris and Vienna with clients like Calvin Klein, Victoria’s Secret, Nivea, Toyota, Honda and Sony to her credit. A graduate in park architecture and gardening, the stunning Czech beauty has also done some music videos. Besides bagging modelling assignments for Lakme, Limca, MTV and PETA, the hazel eyed Yana made a sizzling debut on big screen with the item number ‘Bijli Giri’ in the film ‘Dum’ (2003). She is the brand ambassador of Christian Dior. The picture perfect looks, curvy figure and porcelain skin has made this multi-faceted svelte belle an hot asset on the ramp and dance numbers.
Jyothika Sadanha, one of the top actress of Tamil film industry, is the daughter of producer Chander Sadanha and sister of actress Nagma. Though she debuted with the Bollywood film ‘Doli Sajake Rakhna’ (1998), the chubby actress from the North, made it big in the Southern film industry. She was introduced as a supporting actress in the super hit Tamil film ‘Vaalee’ (1999) for which she received the Best Newcomer Award. With her expressive eyes, body language and spontaneous acting, this Punjabi girl became the heart throb of millions of South Indians. Awards credited to this talented actress includes Tamil Nadu Government Best Actress Award, Dinakaran Best Actress award etc.
52. Diana Hayden
Model turned actress and Miss World 1997, Diana Hayden, was born and brought up at Secunderabad. Before winning the pageant, she had already made a name for herself, as manager of the Artists’ Management Division of Mumbai-based BMG Crescendo. The gorgeous beauty made her debut in the small screen as the hostess of the popular series ‘Biography’ on History channel. This self made perfectionist, who has completed a 5 weeks course on Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, entered Bollywood with a minute role in ‘Tehzeeb’ (2003), followed by ‘Ab Bas’ (2004). A graduate from Osmania University, ravishing Diana loves to play chess, horse riding, partying and driving people round the bend.
53. Sonali Kulkarni
Sonali Kulkarni, a regular feature in the Indian regional and parallel cinema, was born and brought up in Pune. Since childhood she had a passion for theatre and convinced by acting, she became a part of a theater group called Samanvay. This brilliant actress got her first break in Girish Karnad’s ‘Cheluvi’ (1991), while studying at Ferguson College and since then there was no looking back. After that she did a couple of Tamil and Marathi films and the turning point came with the Hindi film ‘Daayra’ (1996). This national award winner has come a long way from theatre to regional films and proved her credentials as an actress by performing varied characters. Sonali has won accolades abroad by winning the best actress award for her Italian film ‘Fuoco Di Su Me’, at the Milan film festival in Busto Arsizio. Other awards bagged by the talented beauty includes Marathi Filmfare Award for Best Actress, Maharashtra State Best Actress Award twice, V. Shantaram Award 1996 etc.
54. Isha Sharvani
The dance sensation, Isha Sharvani is the daughter of renowned dancer Daksha Seth and Australian music composer Davissaro. This talented beauty was born in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and now is settled in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala). Isha has been performing in her mother’s troupe since she was a child and has done several shows in over 22 countries. The gorgeous looking young lass made her acting debut with the film ‘Kisna’ (2005). Trained in Kathak, ballet, aerial dance, yoga, martial arts etc, Isha has also appeared in the Hide-n-Seek biscuit commercial with a super dance sequence along with Hrithik Roshan. In looks, she is being touted as the next Aishwarya Rai and in dancing she is compared to Madhuri Dixit.
55. Anchal Kumar
Anchal Kumar, Chandigarh based Mumbai girl, had wanted to be a model since childhood. She made it big in the world of modelling after winning the Gladrags Mega Model contest in 1999. At the tender age of 21, Anchal bagged a number of prestigious assignments like Rexona, Sunsilk, Bombay Dyeing etc. This light brown eyed super model has done few music videos which includes Jagjit Singh’s ‘Aaina’ and Hans Raj Hans’s ‘Mukhra Tumahra’.
56. Tanushree Dutta
Tanushree Dutta, Ponds Femina Miss India Universe 2004, who made a mark in the tinsel world with her debut flick wanted to be a model since childhood. The hot, bombshell born and brought up in Jamshedpur is a graduate in Commerce from Pune University. ‘Chocolate’ was intended to be her debut film, but it was ‘Aashiq Banaya Apne’ (2005) that released first. The dusky beauty also featured for the music video ‘Saiyyan Dil Main Aana Re’, and has entered into Southern filmdom with the Telugu film ‘Veerabhadra’.
Nayathara entered the tinsel world debuting in the Malayalam film ‘Manassinakkare’ (2003). The Kerala-born Christian girl from Tiruvalla, whose real name is Diana Kurien, was doing her Chartered accountancy when films beckoned her. Her striking appearance and acting talent was appreciated by the Kerala audience. The pretty actress stepped into Tamil films with ‘Ayya’ and was catapulted to limelight when she was chosen to play Rajnikanth’s heroine in ‘Chandramukhi’. After crossing the border she has changed her ‘seedha sadha’ image and has started taking up glamorous roles. Her maiden Telugu film ‘Lakshmi’ has made a big splash in Tollywood. This glamour queen is one of the busiest actresses in the southern film industry today.
58. Kavya Madhavan
Malayalam Film actress Kavya Madhavan alias Karthika entered the tinsel world as a child artist with the film ‘Pookalam Varavayi’ (1991). As a heroine Kavya’s debut film was ‘Chrandanudikkunna Dikkil’ (1999) while she was in the ninth standard. It was a super hit and from then on there was no looking back. Born in the village of Neeleswaram in Kasargod district and now residing in Kochi, this down to earth girl is noted for her rural Neeleswaram dialect. With the Tamil film ‘Kasi’, the busiest female star in Malayalam, was accepted in Tamil Filmdom. The innocent looking Kavya captured the hearts of moviegoers with her charming face, big beautiful eyes and effervescent smile. Some of the honours credited to this gifted actress includes Film Critics Award 2000, Mathrubhumi Medimix Award 2002, Kerala State award for Best Actress 2004 for her fabulous performance in the heart wrenching movie ‘ Perumazhakkalam’ (2004) and Lux Asianet Film Awards.
59. Kiran Rathod
Kiran Rathod alias Kiran Tandon is an actress as well as a dress designer. Born in Jaipur, she is a relative of Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon. The buxom bombshell, debuted in a minute role in the Bollywood film ‘Yaadein’ (2001) which did her no good at the box office, but she shot to limelight with the hit Tamil film ‘Gemini’. After that she did quite a number of movies in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam and became a familiar face in South Indian films pairing with top heroes like Madhavan, Kamal Haasan and Sharath Kumar. She made a relaunch in Bollywood with Karan Razdan’s movie ‘Souten’ in 2005. Famous for her hot dance sequences, she now says she is game for performance-based roles, not for sleazy strip-tease characters.
The leading Telugu heroine, Laya made a momentous entry into the tinsel world with the film ‘Swayamvaram’ (1999) while doing her intermediate. She shot into fame within a short span of time and carved a niche for herself with her crisp and sterling performances, and inimitable style. Hailing from Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh), now living in Hyderabad, the talented actress has appeared as a child artiste in the award-winning film ‘Bhadram Koduko’. She was a national-level chess player when she was barely eight. A rare combination of beauty and brains, this accomplished danseuse who have done more than 50 stage shows, has many features in her cap. Sincere and hardworking, the pretty actress has done some films in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada as well. The multi-talented Laya is an MCA holder and recipient of several honours which includes the coveted Nandi awards for three consecutive years.
Vivacious model cum actress Perizaad Zorabian is a rare combination of beauty and brains. The MBA graduate from New York has forayed into the world of glitz from her fathers poultry business. Born and brought up in Mumbai, this Parsi beauty have dabbled in diverse fields. She carved a niche for herself in the tinsel world by debuting with the much accorded film ‘Bollywood Calling’ (2001). Her other popular movies were ‘Joggers Park’ (2003), ‘Mumbai Matinee'(2003), ‘Morning Raga’ (2004), ‘Dhoom’ (2004), ‘Ek Ajnabee’ (2005) etc. Before entering films, she had done various modeling assignments, tele-serials, music videos with Asha Bhonsle, Lucky Ali etc and has appeared in ads like Tanishq, BPL, Fair & Lovely, Titan, Ponds etc. This trained ballet dancer has also dabbled in theatre, and captivates the audience with her million dollar smile.
62. Mahek Chahal
Norwegian model of Indian origin, Mahek Chahal born as Priti Chahal hails from a Punjabi family that had migrated to Norway. Fascinated by Hindi films, this innocent looking gal moved to Mumbai to pursue her goal to be an actress. Before stepping into filmdom, she modelled and performed dance shows in various countries. Debuting with the Telugu movie ‘Neetho’ (2002), Mahek joined Kishore Namit’s acting school in Mumbai and then made her entry into Bollywood with the flick ‘Nayee Padosan’ (2003) followed by ‘Anjaan’ (2005). This trained classical dancer who has featured in commercials like Parachute Hair Oil, Godrej Refrigerator, Bombay Dyeing, Bar-One Chocolate etc, was the winner of Miss Movie International 1998 in London, was the VJ for B4U channel and one among the top five of Gladrags Mega Model Contest.
63. Shamita Shetty
Vivacious sexy actress Shamita Shetty, debuted onto the tinsel world with the multistarrer blockbuster ‘Mohabbatein’ (2000). Sister of Shilpa Shetty, this doe- eyed beauty have not bagged much success in Bollywood, but her item number ‘Sharara Sharara’ in ‘Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai’ (2002) became a runaway hit. A Commerce graduate and diploma holder in Fashion Designing, Shamita made her entry into southern films with the Tamil flick ‘Rajjiyam’ (2002). She was appreciated for her performance in the Hindi films ‘Wajahh: A Reason to Kill’ (2004), ‘Bewafaa’ (2005) and ‘Zeher'(2005).
64. Yukta Mookhey
Yukta Mookhey, Miss World 1999 hailing from a middle class family in Mumbai has charmed the entire world with her confidence and scintillating smile. She has a passion for music and studied Hindustani classical music for three years. The 5′ 7″ tall and svelte Yukta made a dismal debut with the film ‘Pyaasa’ (2002) which could not do well at the box office. The vivacious beauty even did a guest appearance in a song sequence in the Tamil movie ‘Poovellam Un Vaasam’. After a long break she acted in films like Memsaab (2006) which was stalled and Kathputli (2006) which is yet to be released. She is looking forward to do television shows and is still waiting for the big break to come by.
65. Raima Sen
Raima Sen, the dusky Bengali beauty, is the grand daughter of veteran actress Suchitra Sen and daughter of Moon Moon Sen. Always inclined towards acting, the petite damsel debuted with the critically acclaimed film ‘Godmother’ (1999) and has done several Bengali films. She made her mark in the film industry with ‘Chokher Bali’ (2003) and then ‘Parineeta’ (2005) in Hindi which showcased her amazing talents and won her accolades. The innocent looking beauty with her glorious skin and healthy hair has appeared in ads like Boroplus, Sunsilk, Horlicks, Cadbury, Lakme etc.
66. Vasundhara Das
Vasundhara Das, acclaimed both for her acting and playback-singing, is popularly known as ‘shakalaka’ baby after her popular hit song. She was born in Bangalore as Hebbar Iyengar, in a conservative Brahmin family. Her first celluloid break as a singer was for the film ‘Mudhalvan’ for which she received the Film Fare Best Playback Singer Award 1999. The onscreen debut of this trained Hindustani classical singer came with the Tamil movie ‘Hey Ram’ (1999) opposite veteran actor Kamalhassan. She has acted in many South Indian flicks apart from Mira Nair’s English film ‘Monsoon Wedding’ (2000). With her excellent voice, spectacular grey eyes, brown hair and a flawless complexion, Vasundhara has achieved a lot within a shot span of time. Music is the first love of this multi talented personality and besides her filmy numbers in several languages she has a music album to her credit called ‘Meri Jaan'(2001). She has sung several singles as well. This graduate in Statistics and Mathematics, is a linguist who knows English, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, a bit of Malayalam and Spanish.
Laila one of the talented actresses of Tamil film industry (Kollywood), started her career, advertising with CavinKare. The Mumbai-based Goan girl made her debut with the Tamil film ‘Kallazhagar’. The lovely girl is a trained ballerina from the Royal Academy of Dancing, London; plays the violin and loves music. She has starred in several hit movies including a number of Telugu and Malayalam films and has received the Film fare best actress award 2003 for her performance in the Tamil film ‘Pithamagan’. She has captivated the hearts of Tamil movie goers with her natural beauty, dimpled smile, chirpy presence and effervescent acting style. This down to earth gorgeous girl believes that the glitter of the film world does not last forever.
68. Amrita Thapar
Amrita Thapar, Ponds Femina Miss India Universe 2005, hails from Pune. She won the ‘May Queen’, ‘Miss Pune Beauty’ titles earlier and has done a few music videos and print advertisements. A post-graduate in fashion designing, she has good modeling experience and an insight into the fashion industry. The Punjabi beauty with her piercing brown eyes and beautiful brown hair enjoys reading, traveling and sketching. A nature lover, Amrita loves to hike and raft. Trekking and kick boxing are the passions of this adventure seeker.
69. Sneha Ullal
Charming Sneha Ullal, with her beautiful grey-green eyes debuted in the film ‘Lucky- No Time For Love’ (2005). She is a discovery of Salman Khan. Born and brought up in Muscat, Sneha’s family had later moved to Mumbai. While getting the offer, this shy girl was doing her graduation in commerce in MMK College, Mumbai. She became popular even before the release of her first film because of her striking resemblance to the beauty queen Aishwarya Rai.
70. Saloni Aswani
Model turned actress Saloni Aswani, hailing from a non-filmi background, always wanted to be in films. To pursue her goal, she started doing plays at a younger age of 12 and joined the theatre group called Kala Sansad. The petite pretty lass started her stint with the glamour world after a couple of modeling assignments for reputed brands like Vaseline, Parachute, Moov, Lifebuoy, Three Roses Tea etc. A graduate in psychology, Saloni debuted with the Bollywood film ‘Dil Pardesi Ho Gayaa’ (2003). After that, the Mumbai based beauty got offers from Telugu films and made her entry into Southern films with the film ‘Dhana-51’. In 2006 she did the Hindi flick ‘Saawan: the love season’.
Ayesha Takia, model turned actress, always wanted to be in films. Born to a Gujarati father and half British and half Maharashtrian mother, she started doing ads at the tender age of four and has appeared in more than 60 commercials. Before entering Bollywood showbiz, the dazzling beauty appeared in Falguni Pathak’s music video ‘Meri Chunar’ but got recognition with the album ‘Shake It Daddy’. Ayesha’s first film ‘Socha Na Tha’ got stalled, but was later released in 2005, and she made her debut with Abbas-Mustan’s ‘Taarzan – The Wonder Car’ (2004). Her stunning figure and pretty looks caught everyone’s eye and the optimism and faith in life makes her a very positive person. Ayesha made her entry into South Indian Films with the hit Telugu movie ‘Super’ (2005) co-starring Nagarjuna.
72. Neha Kapur
The Five foot nine inches Miss India-Universe 2006, Neha Kapur hails from New Delhi. Modeling happened by chance to this graduate in Fashion Designer. Trained in classical dance like Bharatnatyam and Kathak, Neha is an established ramp model. According to her, beauty is all about inner personality and looks and need not be synonymous. Neha has featured on the cover pages of reputed magazines and appeared in Print Campaigns for famous fashion designers and brands. Her hobbies include watching classical English movies, reading, painting mythological themes and women etc.
73. Sushma Reddy
Multi-faceted personality Sushma Reddy is the eldest of the Reddy sisters, actress Sameera and popular VJ Meghna. Sushma began her career with a small stint in Channel V. Her naive and sweet face proved to a big asset and paved her way to modelling. She has featured in commercials of several major brands like Tanishq, Thums-up, Fair and Lovely etc. Sushma entered Bollywood by debuting in the film ‘Chocolate’ (2005). She has also appeared in Sonu Nigam’s music video ‘Deewana’. The gorgeous lass has worked with most production houses and designers in Mumbai. Apart from these, this graduate in Economics floated a company of skin care products, tried her hand in Jewelery design and has also learnt Japanese and acupuncture.
74. Tulip Joshi
Model Tulip Joshi, born to Gujarati father and Lebanese mother, was brought up in Mumbai. As a contestant of Femina Miss India 2000, she caught the eyes of many advertising agencies and appeared in campaigns for Pond’s cream, Pepsi, Siyaram, BPL, Smirnoff etc. This graduate in food science and chemistry, made her filmy debut as Sanjana in the movie ‘Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai’ (2002) which did not do well at the box office. After a break of two years, she made a retort with ‘Dil Maange More’ (2004), followed by ‘Matrubhoomi’ (2005) in which her performance won rave reviews. Apart from these, she did a Telugu flick ‘Villian’ (2003) and featured in a music video made as a tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
75. Juhi Chawla
Juhi Chawla, former Miss India 1984 and famous model made her entry into Bollywood with the film ‘Sultanat’ (1986). Born in Ludhiana, this cutie-pie made a mark with the hit ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak'(1988). The effervescent, bubbly and chirpy actress became the heartthrob of millions with her expressive eyes, sparkling smile and vibrant performances. She even did two Telugu films. In partnership with Sharukh Khan and Aziz Mirza, Juhi runs a production company named ‘Dreamz Unlimited’. Married to the millionaire industrialist Jai Mehta, Juhi has a daughter Jhanavi and son Arjun. Awards to her credit include Filmfare Best actress award 1994, New York Bollywood award 1999, Most sensational performance female for ‘Duplicate'(1998) etc
76. Nandana Sen
Nandana Sen aka Nandana Dev Sen, a New York-based writer and an aspiring filmmaker cum actor, was noticed after her performance in Gautam Ghosh’s ‘Gudiya'(1997). Being the daughter of Bengali writer Nabanita Dev Sen and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, Nandana was always fascinated by cinema. She grew up in India, Britain and US, and has worked in films from all the three continents. After dabbling in theatre, scripting, production and acting in a string of foreign films, Nandana has resurfaced in Bollywood. She has carved a distinct niche of her own with a handful of films. Though the gorgeous lass debuted in Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘My Wife’s Murder’, it was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Black’ that was released first, followed by ‘Tango Charlie’ (2005). This multi-talented personality with her breathtaking smile and impish eyes is also a gifted Manipuri dancer.
Tabassum Fatima Hashmi aka Tabbu, one of the versatile actress in the Indian Film Industry, is the sister of yesteryear actress Farha. The ‘ruk ruk girl’ from Hyderabad, started her film career as a child artiste in Dev Anand’s ‘Hum Naujawan’ (1985). Tabu’s debut as a lead actress was supposed to be’ Prem’, but it was ‘Pehla Pehla Pyar’ (1994) that released first. Within a short span of time, this natural and naive lass became an actress to reckon with by doing a couple of meaningful roles. She bagged two National Awards in 1996 and 2001 for her rousing performances in ‘Maachis’ (1996) and ‘Chandni Bar’ (2001). Other awards to her credit includes Filmfare sensational debut 1995, Critics awards for the years 1997, 1999, and 2000, Screen Videocon Best Actress Award 2000 etc. Apart from Bollywood, the gorgeous beauty has acted in a number of regional films in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.
78. Reema Sen
Reema Sen, the renowned South Indian actress had always wanted to be in the glamour world. Prior to her entry into films, this Bengali beauty glittered in the modeling world and has done about 45 ad films and a couple of music videos. Reema was introduced to the filmy world and shot to stardom with the success of the Telugu film ‘Chitram’ (2000). Later she did several Tamil films which included the super hit ‘Minnale'(2001). Reema tried to prove herself in Bollywood with ‘Hum Hogaye Aap Ke’ (2001). The talented actress with her sizzling looks and dazzling beauty has stolen the heart of youngsters in the south.
79. Shenaz Treasurywala
Shenaz Treasurywala, model turned actress, started her career in MTV. This cute veejay featured in commercials like Gold Spot, Akai, Elle 18, Trigger Jeans, Philips etc and made her entry onto big screen with the film ‘Ishq Vishk’ (2003). She was born and brought up in a middle class Parsi family in Mumbai. A keen photographer, the gorgeous damsel is a versatile personality who plays piano as well as guitar. Shennaz wants to see her name amongst India’s top photographers, and has varied passions like swimming, travelling, bungee jumping, reading etc.
Lovely Trisha Krishnan from Chennai started her career as a model. Crowned as Miss Chennai 2000, this gorgeous beauty has been a model for a couple of advertisements. She debuted in the film ‘Lesa Lesa’ but it was ‘Mounam Pesiyathe’ that was released first. Her stunning looks, light brown eyes and glorious smile, has established Trisha as one of the top South Indian actress. She is a talented ballet dancer and an expert swimmer.
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